Eliot serves on JMLT’s Land Acquisition and Stewardship Committee. A lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Eliot is an attorney with over 43 years of experience representing major industry clients in matters of insurance, professional liability, unfair business practices, trade secret, fraud, employment, real estate, environment and other areas. He has performed pro bono legal work for environmental and other groups. Eliot passionately believes that the magnificent beauty of our area is under imminent threat of irreversible damage and that the time to save that beauty is now. He has been active in community open space and strategic planning issues, and played a leading role in JMLT’s acquisition of Acalanes Ridge. Eliot is a Project Lead in state and regional trail building and renovation with Volunteers for Outdoor California. He has served as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts of America, and as a coach in numerous youth sports and academic activities. He loves all things outdoors, including backpacking, sailing, horseback riding, skiing, and scuba diving. A former trumpet player, Eliot has subscribed to the San Francisco Symphony for over 40 years. He and his wife, Mary Martha, a native of Michigan, proudly love their two adult children.
Katie grew up in New York State at the edge of the Adirondack Park where a love of nature and the outdoors were basic family values. After a liberal arts education at Williams College during the early days of coeducation, she moved to California. Katie has over 30 years of corporate marketing experience in positions that range from building grassroots projects for technology startups to her current position managing global programs and marketing partnerships for software giant SAP. She has been a volunteer coordinator for JMLT and a member of the Engagement Committee, bringing expertise in marketing strategy, communications and events. Katie and her husband Scott Compton live in Briones where they harvest rainwater and raise a few goats and sheep when they are not hiking in the surrounding hills. They have two grown children, Jeff and Helen.
Arthur Bart-Williams has founded 4 successful tech companies in the last 30 years. His latest company, Canogle, owns Point, a smart phone tour guide that is currently available on trails throughout the Bay Area including the U.S. National Park Service and our own Fernandez Ranch. Other companies include owner-side construction management software and business-to-business management solution software with clients including the US Department of Transportation, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Olympic Committee and numerous public agencies and school districts throughout the United States. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Arthur was a practicing licensed civil engineer. He earned his BS from UC Berkeley after emigrating from Sierra Leone, West Africa. As a child he primarily studied in London and traveled extensively with his parents who served in the diplomatic service. Today Arthur is expanding his latest venture, volunteering as a soccer coach for CCYSL, and mentoring young men into adulthood. He and his wife are homeschooling their three daughters in Hercules.
Bill Wadsworth, moved to Pleasant Hill when he was six years old and spent hours exploring the neighboring fields at a time when Sun Valley Mall and today’s freeways were just someone’s dream. Contra Costa County has been his home ever since. He graduated from UC Davis and met his wife, Ginger, there. Both are active volunteers in Orinda where they have lived for the past 32 years and raised 2 sons. They walk daily on the 300+ acres of open space behind their house. After a long career in finance and accounting for Bay Area-based engineering companies, Bill reduced his work schedule to give him more time to enjoy gardening, reading, hiking, sports, and other volunteer interests. Bill is currently president of the Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation that supports many recreation activities, facilities, and open space acquisitions. He has served on the JMLT Audit and Finance Committees in recent years. He also assists researching, editing, and promoting Ginger’s award-winning biographies and nature/environmental-related books for children; plus they enjoy traveling for both research and fun. They spend over a month each year in the beautiful Anza-Borrego desert in Southern California where their one-room house is surrounded by thousands of acres of state park land. Do you sense a thread in Bill’s life that is leading him to become more involved with JMLT?
Immediate Past Chair
Dawn Block grew up in a New York inner-city housing project, where she had little exposure to natural elements, (she saw her first cow at age 12 in the Bronx Zoo). But once she finished her degree at Queens College, Dawn was determined to gain a broader world view. Following a year as a volunteer teacher overseas, she returned to the States and bypassed New York altogether, landing in sunny California. She loves to travel and is known to venture pretty far off the beaten path for the sake of viewing amazing wildlife and scenery (like in Antarctica and Madagascar). She’s a tree-hugger at heart with a passion for hiking. Volunteer-wise, she’s past-president of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and has previously served on other non-profit boards of directors. When she needs to earn a living, she runs her own company — Block Talent Partners — which specializes in executive search and human resources consulting for technology startups in the Bay Area. She’s a natural headhunter and people connector who has the chutzpah to raise money for causes dear to her heart. Dawn is married to the love of her life, Dr. Michael Harris. She has two extraordinary daughters: Lindsay is a professional track athlete (and aspiring Olympian) for Nike; Ashley is a doctoral student at Georgia Tech, pursuing bioengineering and stem cell research.
Chuck Lewis, a fourth generation San Francisco native, was raised in Burlingame. In 1966, he was drafted into the Army serving two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and the 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment. Upon returning, Chuck attended the University of California at Berkeley. He received his BA in Political Science and Masters from the Goldman School of Public Policy where he met his future wife, Elizabeth. After graduation, Chuck worked on the Bay Area Environmental Management Plan for ABAG. In 1984, Elizabeth suggested that Chuck pursue his long-time goal and attend law school. In August 1985, Chuck entered UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In November of his first year of law school, he was elected Mayor of El Cerrito. Since graduation, Chuck has practiced municipal and environmental law for PG&E. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Chuck moved to a property along Rodeo Creek west of Martinez. Today, after many years of work, Wyvern Farm trains horses in the sport of Dressage. But even while practicing law during the week and shoveling manure on weekends, Chuck continued to volunteer serving as Board Chair of Rubicon Programs in Richmond, President of the Willows Theatre in Concord and 12 years on the East Bay Regional Parks Advisory Committee. Chuck has been a member of the JMLT Stewardship Committee and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2010. When not working on the farm, Chuck can be seen along Rodeo Creek and hiking the hills of Fernandez Ranch with his dog, Dr. Livingston.
Stephanie Becker is a 6th generation native Bay Area Californian. She grew up exploring the open spaces of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties where her family’s love of nature and outdoor recreation were deeply-held values. Stephanie and husband Damon now reside in Moraga and were drawn to the semi-rural beauty of the area and its numerous hiking trails, natural wildlife and recreational opportunities. An active volunteer, Stephanie is Co-President of the Moraga Education Foundation and was previously President of the Moraga Junior Women’s Club and the Camino Pablo Elementary School PTA. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Stephanie has over 20 years of corporate compliance experience in the financial services industry. Stephanie believes all children should have a strong connection to the outdoors and that preserving land for future generations is vitally important. She, Damon, and their two children Jack and Amelia relish the fresh mountain air at their vacation home on Donner Summit where they also support the Truckee Donner Land Trust in its mission to protect thousands of acres in the Sierras. They enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and traveling.
Jack had a career in the financial services industry and most recently was Regional President of the wealth management group in San Francisco and Seattle for a major New York-headquartered bank. He has deep experience with non-profits as a member of the boards of Seattle Repertory Theatre, United Way of King County (Seattle), and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, where he held the position of Board Chair. Jack is an avid Master Gardener and past president of the Contra Costa chapter. After college, Jack served aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland and received an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Jack is co-founder of Family Harvest Farm, a program that employs transition-age foster youth. Jack loves the mission of JMLT and believes the goal of permanently protecting land in the East Bay is of critical importance for future generations. He has hiked extensively in the High Sierra and Grand Canyon, where he led treks for Moraga’s Boy Scout Troop 212. An avid fly fisherman, he knows well the rivers surrounding Mt. Shasta, as well as the Pacific surf near Half Moon Bay. Jack and his wife, Susan, raised their family in Moraga for 20 years. They currently reside in Orinda.
Steve Kirby, grew up in El Cerrito, where among other volunteer activities he served on the Community Services Commission for eight years and was President of the Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He has lived in Hercules for 24 years and has been an elementary school teacher with the WCCUSD for 35 years, the past five in Hercules, until his recent retirement in June 2012. He has been a member of the Sierra Club since graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and has served on the West County Executive Committee for a number of years. He was very active with saving Franklin Canyon from development and with working toward its eventual purchase by the Land Trust. He was one of the original signers of the Save Franklin Canyon Initiative, which set this process in motion. For this and other work with the Sierra Club he received one of its esteemed Volunteer of the Month Awards. At a recent Fresh Aire Affaire, Steve adopted an acre of the canyon as part of his long-term commitment to helping preserve this open space. In Hercules Steve served on the Vision Plan Committee for Refugio Creek and currently he is the Chair of the Community and Library Services Commission, and in this capacity he serves on the Contra Costa County Library Commission. During the summers he works as a school site administrator with UC Berkeley’s School of Education’s Academic Talent and Development Program. When asked about what he wants to do in retirement he always says, "Now I will have some "off-season" time to travel and time to volunteer with the John Muir Land Trust!"
A life-long resident of the East Bay and longtime resident of Danville, Eileen McCauley has a deep love of the outdoors. Growing up in Berkeley she explored Tilden Park and Lafayette Reservoir with her many siblings. Her summers on Tomales Bay were spent sailing and enjoying the National Seashore at Point Reyes. She has hiked the Rim to Rim Trail in the Grand Canyon, trekked the Camino in Spain, and cycled the wine country in France. She took special joy in introducing her two sons to the outdoors on local trails and through their Boy Scout adventures. Now retired, Eileen enjoys traveling and cycling the world—always upon her return to appreciate how blessed we are to live in such a majestic area. Eileen embraces the philosophy of smart growth and believes in developing much-needed housing while also retaining the rural character of the area that we all love so much. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Eileen attended USF Law School and spent her career working in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law. She is devoted to volunteering and enhancing the lives of others. Children are our future, and for more than a decade, Eileen has tutored children who are challenged by reading due to a processing disorder. She currently tutors for San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She also has a passion for working with foster youth and is inspired by JMLT’s partnership with Family Harvest Farm and its work with foster youth.
Ted Radosevich spent his early years in Richmond before his family moved to the Alhambra Valley in Martinez. His parents bought land on the former John Swett Ranch and built their own home, settling there in 1958 with Ted and his two brothers. The home is still the family focal point, where he celebrated his 56th consecutive family Christmas dinner this last year. Ted graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and then obtained his law degree at Harvard Law School. He worked for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC for several years before returning to the Bay Area. Back home, he practiced law and became a partner in a major San Francisco law firm with a focus on real estate and environmental law. In 1989, he was hired as the General Counsel for the East Bay Regional Park District, where he served for nearly 25 years before retirement. During his tenure, he supervised all major legal issues and litigation facing the District and played a role in the acquisition of nearly 50,000 acres during his 25 years. In his dual role as an Assistant General Manager, he provided policy and legal guidance on four successful ballot funding measures, and overall budgetary and financial input which helped to secure a AAA bond rating for the Park District (which Ted notes is higher than the rating of the United States). At Harvard Law School he met, and later married Stephanie Smith, who continues practice in legal fields of dispute resolution and negotiation while also teaching at Stanford Law School. Their two now-adult sons hiked and ambled over Contra Costa open space for years. Preserving and expanding this type of opportunity and heritage for the future has drawn Ted to serve on the John Muir Land Trust.
Karen Sakata, former Superintendent for the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has worked in education for over 40 years. Karen has an affinity for and a "special place in her heart" for students with challenges. Believing the goal of public education is to find and build upon the strengths of every student, she has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist, Resource Specialist-Auditory Processing, Early Childhood Specialist, Program Specialist, Research Assistant, Program Administrator, Elementary Principal, Associate Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent for three County Offices and one large urban school district. Karen is actively involved in professional organizations such as the California Speech Language and Hearing Association (CSHA) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). She has been Director Region 3 of CSHA, president of the Diablo Managers Association for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District ACSA Charter, and Vice President-Programs and President for ACSA Region 6. She served as Vice President-Legislative Action for ACSA Region 6 which represents Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Karen was the first Asian American Administrator in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the first Cabinet level administrator in the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She received the ACSA Region 6 Central Office Administrator of the Year award (AOY) 2014. Karen is a third generation Japanese-American, Sansei. Her parents, graduates of UC Berkeley and USC were interned during World War II in relocation/concentration camps. Karen resides in Alamo with her husband, Shima. She has two sons: Scott, an optometrist, and Kurt, who graduated in animal sciences from UC Davis and manages a veterinary hospital. Both were graduates of Monte Vista High in Danville. Karen's hobbies include coaching basketball and playing taiko, Japanese big drums. Karen received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and her MA from San Jose State University in Speech Pathology.